Benjamin Cassidy edits and writes for the magazine’s news section, “Currents,” as well as the health and real estate channels online. Prior to joining Seattle Met, Ben was the arts and entertainment reporter for The Berkshire Eagle, a regional daily based in the mountains of Western Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Michigan and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Coronavirus Chronicles

Vaccinated in King County? You're Still Way More Protected from Covid

New data from Public Health—Seattle and King County gives us answers about breakthrough case, hospitalization, and death rates amid the Delta surge.

09/08/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Top Doctors

So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Medical degrees have long wooed high achievers (and won over in-laws), but they’ve never been as coveted as they are now. What you may not know about the jou...

09/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy Illustrations by Alexander Mostov

So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Overcoming the Burnout Blowup

Medical professionals should look in, then out, to clear career exhaustion during the Covid-19 crisis (and beyond).

09/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Tough Residency Pills to Swallow

Medical residency programs are notorious. Residents from Swedish Medical Center and Virginia Mason tell all.

09/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Abroadening the Medical School Search

The average cost of medical school is one thing. The residency matches are another. Some aspiring doctors opt for medical schools abroad.

09/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Cheer or Jeer?

Remembering The Wave’s Seattle Rise, 40 Years Later

In 1981, a former University of Washington yell leader propelled a controversial stadium movement.

09/01/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Group Chat

Which Pandemic Real Estate Trends Are for Real?

Housing market monitors from Windermere, Bascomb Real Estate Group, and Keller Williams Greater Seattle weigh in on suburban flight and other developments.

08/31/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Failing Slow

This Month in Seattle Tech: Rover and Leafly Get in on the SPACtion

A tech exec's prison sentencing for PPP loan fraud and an Amazon-Microsoft battle over an NSA contract also highlight Seattle's tech news in August.

08/31/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

An Outdoor Lunch Petition Manifests Seattle's Back-to-School Stress

Community members have called for meals at Seattle Public Schools to be held outside as the Delta variant spreads in the area.

08/30/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

What to Know about the Delta Variant and Breakthrough Cases in Seattle

How common are breakthrough cases? Are hospitals filling up in Washington? Do we have to wear masks again? We've got the answers.

08/19/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Currents

It’s Getting Late to Opt Out of Washington’s Long-Term Care Program

The paycheck deduction has led many to seek private insurance. But the best financial route for some locals may be to do nothing at all.

08/17/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Home Shopping

Seattle’s Real Estate Market Is Relenting. But for How Long?

Competition for homes in Seattle and King County wasn’t as fierce in July 2021. As fall approaches, however, it's still a seller's market.

08/17/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Career Flip

Meet the Former NBA Player Turned Seattle Real Estate Agent

Solomon Alabi spent two seasons with the Toronto Raptors and several overseas before moving to the Pacific Northwest.

08/16/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Green Field

A Seattle Therapist Sees the World's Climate Anxiety

Andrew Bryant’s practice at North Seattle Therapy and Counseling has drawn interest everywhere from Houston to Taiwan.

08/12/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Rain Withdrawal

A Week-by-Week Guide to a Seattle Drought

Too much sun and days without rain, and Seattleites are basically Edward Cullen.

08/05/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Currents

Should Seattle Use Ranked-Choice Voting?

Seattle's crowded primary on August 3, 2021, once again raises questions about whether our current voting system is long for this city.

08/03/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Totally Tubular

A Retired West Seattle Dentist's World-Spanning Toothpaste Collection

Dr. Hilton Herrin has toothpaste tubes from Russia, Cuba, China, and nearly 60 other countries around the world.

08/02/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Vote!

A Last-Minute Guide to the August 3 Primary Election

Everything you need to know, procrastinators.

07/30/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Lease Peeping

Seattle Rent Prices Are Almost Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Well, the concessions were nice while they lasted.

07/29/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Pick Drop

The Kraken's Expansion Draft Was Fittingly Weird

Lots of tentacles.

07/22/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy